Byron Youth Theatre

Community Arts & Cultural Development

In My Skin

A new, dynamic, original production being created by Byron Youth Theatre, exploring and demonstrating how issues of racism and prejudice can be transformed to create more harmonious communities.

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Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) a not for profit social action Company, established in 2010, creating original productions by young people for young people and communities. They have produced 11 original educationally based, youth governed productions, viewed by 7,000 + on issues such as binge drinking, drink driving, mental health, adolescent sexual health, illicit drug use, LGBTIAQ+youth issues, family and domestic violence and youth suicide prevention.

The project “In My Skin” will raise awareness of issues of racism and prejudice which still negatively impact all of our lives, in Australia and worldwide. It will give a youth perspective on the consequences of these issues and promote effective behavioural change to foster understanding, acceptance and tolerance thereby creating harmonious communities.

“In My Skin” is aimed at young people aged 14-25 and their communities. Initially delivered in the Northern Rivers Region NSW, it will then be offered online Australia wide.

This years Australia/Survival/Invasion Day was one of the prominent occasions which exposed that many Australians are questioning how issues of racism and prejudice are still affecting all of us. The worldwide refugee crises is another. Young people want and need to see positive change in their world. It is time. As a Youth Social Action Theatre Company, Byron Youth Theatre is part of that change.

Since 2010 we have received feedback from thousands of young people, teachers, parents, health and education organisations informing us that BYT productions impact is stronger, longer lasting and educationally more beneficial than lectures, power point presentations or workshops. It is created by young people for young people and communities, it is original, dynamic and poignant.

BYT’s work is unique!

The “In My Skin” production needs your support to help positively change attitudes, beliefs and actions concerning racism and prejudice in our society

Your donations to the “In My Skin” BYT production will be actively used to engage local Aboriginal and CALD young artists to create set, prop, costume design, lighting design and operation, publicity, graphic design and sound track creation in collaboration with BYT and Director Lisa Apostolides. This support fosters youth employment through the arts in a region restricted to tourism and hospitality.

Donations will also allow us to deliver this amazing production to more schools in our region.

The result will be a youth governed, artistic collaborative production “In My Skin” consisting of a 60 minute dynamic, original performance and accompanying 40 minute facilitated workshop.

This will reach 1000+ young people and 500+ community members with an online audience reach of over 3,000+

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Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) was founded in 2010 by Director Lisa Apostolides as a not for profit collective, initially funded by Byron Youth Service (BYS) through a Federal Government grant tackling binge drinking at a local level.

Since then BYT have devised 11 major youth social action productions on prominent youth issues such as drink driving, illicit drug use, adolescent sexual health, mental health, domestic and family violence and most recently youth suicide prevention.

BYT have received funding from Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW (2013-2018), Northern River Community Foundation (2014-2017), NRMA Motoring and services, NORTEC Employment and Training services, WayAhead Mental Health Association of NSW ( 2014-2017), Northcott Fundability, NSW Health ( 2014-2017), Social Futures, Byron Council (2010-2017), Santos Organics, and Lions Club NSW.

They have delivered 125 performances and 90 workshops reaching a youth audience of approximately 6,500 and community audience of approximately 3,000.

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Dale Shaddick

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